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Thursday, 03 August 2017 07:00

Champion receives grant to kick new project into action

Written by  Demi Knight
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A photo of construction underway of the Champion Fire Hall. Above, a new lot for sale in industrial park in Champion. A photo of construction underway of the Champion Fire Hall. Above, a new lot for sale in industrial park in Champion. Photo courtesy Village of Champion

The village of Champion is the proud recipient of a new grant from the Regional and Economic Support program (CARES) to promote economic growth for municipalities in Alberta.


This grant offers support to the Village of Champion for their new Commercial Sustainability Project.
This project was brought to light in hopes to support the sale of residential and commercial lots throughout the new industrial park in Champion.
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Champion, Patrick Bergen says the project is a great way to promote the village as a whole to the outside communities.
“This project will help promote Champion as a great place to live or own a business. Our goal is to grow our commercial base and add citizens. This project will help us with that goal.”
With this new project, the Village of Champion aims for better influx of people both visiting and residing within the village. Since the grant came to light the project for creating and supporting the new industrial park has had support with funding to provide marketing on the project as well as the ability to reach out to potential buyers. With this new support, interest has already sprung from buyers for commercial and residential lots.
“The Village will have a broader tax base with more commercial businesses as well as homeowners. This will help us build new opportunities and maintain our community for the benefit of our current citizens,” explains Bergen. “The new lots within the industrial park start at $8,500 and more information can be obtained by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .”
The small village of champion is home to just fewer than 400 residents. With a lot to offer the village recently won the Communities in Bloom award for villages of 500 residents and less.
With more than a third of the village being dedicated to parks and recreation space, the village offers residents and visitors outdoor activities and scenery.
However, it’s not only a new industrial park that the Village of Champion is boasting about, but also a new pool and changing room building. The village is also in the works of building a new outdoor rink this fall to go along with the currently in process development of a new fire hall and tree nursery.
The small village is home to three churches, a library, post office and campground. two schools, two baseball diamonds, a seniors’ housing building and a seniors’ centre.
With so much to offer, the Village of Champion was also given another grant this year. It was the proud recipient of a Canada 150 grant through the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta, where funds were used for a surprise for the first 300 attendees of the annual Canada day celebrations.

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